In a ruling that will have an immediate impact on dozens of medical cannabis access points, Michigan’s Supreme Court has voted 4-1, deciding that cash sales of cannabis are not allowed under the state’s medical marijuana act. This will set a higher precedent than the Isabella County Appeals Court which recently ruled, in the same case, that access points are allowed.
“Today, Michigan’s highest Court clarified that this law is narrowly focused to help the seriously ill, not an open door to unrestricted retail marijuana sales,” stated Attorney General Bill Schuette, who opposes medical cannabis access points. He continues “Dispensaries will have to close their doors”.
To combat this new decision, and to make sure patients have access to their medicine, Republican State Representative Mike Callton plans to quickly introduce a bill to explicitly legalize access points, a move that must be applauded by cannabis reform advocates and common-sense crusaders alike.
The state is said to have over 125,000 authorized patients.